The EASA PPL, European Aviation Safety Agency Private Pilot Licence entitles the holder to fly EASA registered aeroplanes registered in the EU and non-EASA registered aircraft in the UK providing the holder has the correct ratings. However, as suggested in the title of the licence, it is a ‘Private’ licence and is purely for private flying only, not for commercial operations that lead to remuneration.


The equipment needed for a PPL:

  • a current 1:500,000 chart
  • a checklist for the relevent training aircraft
  • a kneeboard (consult instructor for the best type)
  • a timepiece – preferably with countdown function (either a watch or stopwatch)
  • Plotter and ruler
  • diversion plotter to use in an aircraft CRP-1 (CRP-5 is required for CPL/ATPL training)
  • PPL books (Trevor Thom manuals 1-7 are recommended)
  • Chinograph pencil

Other expenses:

  • PPL exams – these can be taken at Halton (£25 per exam)
  • Equipment as previously stated
  • Landing fees when flying to other airfields
  • Any additional groundschool not covered as part of the training.
  • There are evening classes for radio, navigation and meteorology.
  • PPL Skills Test – an examiners fee (paid directly to the examiner) – as well as the aircraft rates


The training requirements are a minimum of 45 hours of which 10 are solo. Please note these are MINIMUM requirements and if doing training part-time or your training is affected by weather it usually takes longer.

During training a solo qualifying cross-country is flown. This consists of 2 landings at other airfields and forms part of the 10 solo hours.